GCSE Design Technology
All students will follow the AQA GCSE specification in Design Technology. They will begin the course in Year 9 and complete it over three years. The course will end with an examination in Year 11.
Product Design is a mixture of practical and theory based work which requires the application of knowledge and understanding regarding how to develop ideas, plan, produce products and evaluate them.
Topics studied include:
- System designing (input, process and output).
- Material Properties including timbers, metals and polymers.
- New & Emerging Technologies.
- Energy Storage & Generation.
The course allows students to develop many skills which will benefit them in pursuing future employment in areas such as architecture, designing, product design and engineering etc.
This course is a GCSE qualification.
The course is designed to support and develop a full range of theoretical and practical skills used in everyday working environments.
Students will be assessed using grades 1-9, see the assessment section for more information.
The course is split into three key areas:
- Core technical principles.
- Specialist technical principles.
- Designing and making principles.
- Core technical principles cover a range of materials, whilst specialist technical materials covers a specific material area in greater detail.
Unit 1 is a 2 hour written exam paper with a total of 100 marks which equates to 50% of the total GCSE qualification. 20 marks based around multi choice. 30 marks based around technical principles. 50 marks extended responses including a 12 mark design question.
Unit 2 is a 35 hour Non Exam Assessment based around a given task. Marks are awarded for Investigating, designing, making and analysing/evaluating.
The course offers progression to an A-Level in 3D Product Design and university or employment in a range of areas.